Here are three takeaways from The Advocate's Luke Johnson after LSU baseball's series win over Arkansas.
1. Holy mood swing, Batman
Through 15 innings this weekend, LSU looked like a team that was already on its way to the scrap heap in April. Arkansas blew out LSU 9-3 on Friday, then was on the verge of doing it again, jumping to an 8-1 lead after six innings Saturday. According to my Twitter feed, LSU should have disbanded the program at that point. But the Tigers weren’t as quick to give up. They outscored Arkansas 10-0 over the last 12 innings of the weekend and, less than 24 hours after being left for dead by many, are a game out of the overall SEC lead. Needless to say, LSU was a happy club as it boarded its flight back to Baton Rouge. For a game that can be slow, things can change awfully quick in baseball.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — With his team protecting a two-run lead against the Southeastern Confer…
2. Not much, but enough for now
LSU is still not where it wants to be offensively. Its five-run rally in the ninth inning Saturday came about with the help of two errors, a wild pitch, two walks and two batters hit by pitches. Then Sunday, LSU managed just two runs despite knocking Arkansas' starter out of the game in the fourth inning. The Tigers are certainly better than they have been at the plate the past few weeks, but they still need to see a lot of improvement if they’re going to compete for the league title. That said, they will also take a series win against a good Arkansas team while they’re figuring it out, and maybe they’ve found something they were missing without Jordan Romero and Nick Coomes in the lineup.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When he entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning of Sat…
3. Two stars
LSU has found a gem in freshman right-hander Eric Walker. After twirling nine shutout innings against a potent Arkansas offense Sunday, the Arlington, Texas, native improved his record to 4-0 and dropped his ERA to 2.67. He has thrown at least six innings while allowing three or fewer runs in five of his past six outings, with the outlier coming in his first SEC road start. But Walker’s shutout would certainly not have been possible without the glove work of senior shortstop Kramer Robertson, who assembled a collection of jaw-dropping plays in the field Sunday. And, don’t forget, Robertson made a slick back-handed play in the eighth Saturday to end the inning with runners on second and third, probably saving two runs and setting the stage for LSU’s comeback.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Someone operating the speaker system at Baum Stadium momentarily forgot…